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Veena Malek vows to learn from her mistakes

Actress embroiled in nude photo scandal will celebrate New Year in Dubai

  • By Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 December 27, 2011
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • Veena Malek

Dubai: Controversial Pakistani actress Veena Malek is in the UAE to ring in 2012 with a New Year's Eve party and have "a much-needed and much-deserved break", she told Gulf News during an interview yesterday.

Malek will celebrate the new year with a party at a Dubai hotel with her friend and Bigg Boss housemate Ashmit Patel. "I'm here in Dubai to collect myself and enjoy my break," she said ahead of the December 31 event, which will see her host guests paying Dh250 per couple at a New Year's Eve dinner and after party at Freddy's Restro-bar at Fortune Plaza Hotel in Al Ghusais.

Malek's apparently nude appearance on the cover of the December issue of FHM magazine's India edition brought her global attention, but also invited condemnation. The outrage was compounded by the initials ‘ISI', a reference to Pakistan's security agency, often blamed by India for terrorist attacks, stencilled on her arm.

As the frenzy over the shoot escalated, Malek denied posing naked for the shoot and claimed the images had been doctored to make her look nude.

She maintains that stance. "Yes, of course, both the images were morphed. My upper portion was covered with tattoos. I think if I could rewind this time, I would like to delete. I feel cheated. But we all make mistakes, I have made a mistake, learned from it and want to move on."

The backlash against the actress has been "traumatic," she said, adding that she is looking forward to moving on in 2012. "It has been tragic and traumatic, really sad. It has been very difficult.

"I hope and pray that next year brings something nice, brighter and better."

Comments (3)

  1. Added 17:37 December 27, 2011

    Dear Veena please do not worry much ... what is gone is gone so leave the past behind & Insha Allah we will pray that the new year will have a lot of good to offer for you and your ambitions. We the Pakistani & Indian people stand with your & support you together. All the very best dear!

    Salim Khan, Dubai, Pakistan

  2. Added 17:08 December 27, 2011

    She is a member in glamour and fashion industry, being in that industry she is successful. Why people just cant understand. Every one want to be good and best in their profession, why not Veena???

    Arsalan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:45 December 27, 2011

    She is a winner! Everytime she tries to grab attention she does that successfully, regardless of how far she has to go for it, be it FHM or Big Boss.

    Khan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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